If you travelled all the way down to Thipsamai just to be disheartened by the snaking long queues, why not try a Thai style yong tau foo instead?
Located around 100 metres away from popular Thipsamai and Raan Jay Fai is Tee Yen Ta Fo, a humble street stall that specialises in an underrated Thai dish called yen ta fo.
And here’s what we love about it.
Yen ta fo is essentially a noodle dish which features springy noodles and an assortment of ingredients doused in a pink-hued soup that gets its colour from fermented soybean paste. It may not be a plate of Bib Gourmand pad Thai but this simple yet flavourful dish makes up for it in its own comforting way.
While the store sells a variety of soup and noodle dishes, we went straight ahead and ordered their original dish, the Tee’s Yen-Ta-Fo Red Soup Noodle (80 baht). Upon ordering, you get to choose between 3 spice levels and we chose the moderate spice level.
Served to us in a pretty porcelain-printed bowl, the dish was brimming with ingredients such as rice noodles, fishcakes, fishballs, dumplings and leafy greens. All these varying components added a myriad of varying texture to the dish and it tasted nostalgically similar to the yong tau foo back home in Singapore.
However, what truly differentiates the two is the dishes striking pink-hued broth. Not only does it look interesting, but it also tastes special too. The broth was sweet, tangy and spicy all at once and we love how it injected flavour into all the other ingredients in the bowl.
We also had a go at their Egg Noodle with Red Roasted Pork, Minced Pork and Boiled Egg (80 baht). The noodles here were springy and well-cooked with a decent bite to it. It paired well with the minced pork and sliced red roast pork which added bursts of umami into every bite.
Tee Yen Ta Fo
256 Maha Chai Road
Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 92 817 4200
Tue to Sun: 6pm – 2am
Mon: 6pm – 12am